15 Sep 2007

New SPREP programmes underway in Kiribati

10:33 am on 15 September 2007

The New Zealand representative at the 16th Pacific Regional Environment Programme currently underway in Samoa has given details of new projects underway in Kiribati.

Andrew Bignell from New Zealand's Conservation department says it has a strong relationship with the Pacific region.

He says its latest work involves eradicating invasive species in Kiribati.

"Kiribati is declared a very big marine reserve, the third biggest in the world and some of the jewels of that are around Phoenix islands, so we have a project wer are getting underway now to actually contron invasisve species on those islands which would the seabirds improve population numbers because some of those down at quite low levels at the moment."

Andrew Bignall